Rescued from an Eagle's Nest is a 1908 early silent action-drama co- directed by Edwin S Porter and J. Searle Dawley for the Edison film studios.
This silent is particularly notable not only as an example of early motion picture work, but for the actor who walks out of a cabin in the opening scene - future director D. W. Griffith in his first film acting role. Broke and stranded in NY after a play he authored failed and lured by the studio's offer of $15 per treatment, Griffith approached Edison studios with a script idea. Porter rejected Griffith's treatment, which was based on the Puccini opera Tosca, but offered him the lead role in this production. Griffith accepted and six months later directed his first film for Biograph. Eagle is one of only two surviving film performances by the director as an actor.
D. W. Griffith - Father
Henry B. Walthall - Woodsman (as H. B. Walthall)
Jinnie Frazer - Baby